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Defining Gender

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Adam Matthew Publications
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Defining Gender is a collection of fully digitized rare primary source advice literature covering five centuries between 1450 through 1910. The documents have been selected from a European perspective with an emphasis on British and European sources.

Defining Gender contains complete scanned books, pamphlets, periodicals, collections of letters, biographies, short stories, novels, and poetry, as well as recent thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Gender Studies which place the documents within a broad historical, literary and cultural context.

Currently containing sections on Conduct and Politeness and Domesticity and the Family, Defining Gender includes some of the seminal texts used in Gender studies from authors such as Christine De Pisan, Daniel Defoe, Delarivier Manley, Margery Kempe, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Some key areas of behavior of men and women addressed include cookery, health, courtship, marriage and role of husband and wife, sexuality, courtly behavior, children, education, class, and religion and morality.

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unlimited simultaneous users
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Print-only copy permitted
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Wyant, Nicholas
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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Gender Studies
  • Communication and Culture
  • American Studies
  • History

Library of Congress Subjects:

Etiquette -- Great Britain -- History -- Sources.
Sex role in literature -- Great Britain -- History -- Sources.
Women -- Great Britain -- Conduct of life -- History -- Sources.
Women -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources.
Family life -- Great Britain -- History -- Sources.